Yes sounds a plausible explanation, that will teach me to put it in gear next time.You mean it won't buff out?
My neighbour's Freelander did a runner down our forecourt a couple of years back. He was very lucky the spare wheel met a concrete fence post and stopped it, a foot or so to the left and it would have been down a couple of feet drop into another neighbour's garden. No damage to car or post. It could be the discs cooling down and the brake not applied hard enough; the contraction is enough to set the car free.
Tough luck, sorry.
CroBaron - sorry to hear your news.The handbrake on stuff with discs on the back that don't have a separate drum for the handbrake is generally rubbish. They are on the marginal side when absolutely brand new. Throw in a slightly sticky piston, and a bit of rust on the levers or cables, and they just aren't up to the job.
It's a pi$$er but at least nobody was hurt.
Same here I normally park it in gear, recently though I been letting the car idle for 10-30 seconds for the turbo oil to cool as it can damage the bearings in the turbo hence why I didn't have it in gear when turning the engine off.I've had the cooling handbrake liberate my old 164 once...of course I usually park in gear but hadn't this time - makes you wonder how many times it would have been off if you hadn't left it in gear.
Sorry to see yours - waste of a good car.......
Forgot to mention: learned up in the Alps to also turn my wheels in to the kerb. That way, if anything lets loose, it will run into the kerb before gaining any momentum and stop...That looks bad indeed....
I've come into the habit of parking in gear always to prevent the handbrake from freezing up in winter and to avoid occasions like the one that happened to you.
Sorry for you mate - and your wallet...